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The New York Bar Foundation (TNYBF) Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits for Legal Services to the
Underserved and Improvements to the Justice System

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Foundation / Corporation

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The New York Bar Foundation (TNYBF)

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations for a wide range of law-related projects. Funding is intended for legal services to the needy, improvements to the justice system, professional development and ethics in the practice of law, and increasing public understanding of the law.

The Board of Directors sets forth the following guidelines to aid in considering the proposals:

Project impact:
(a) A sufficient number of people in the service area should be impacted/served by the grant project;
(b) the project should be designed for cost effectiveness.

Service need:
There should be a demonstrated need for the proposed service, avoiding duplication where other entities are already providing this or similar services in the project area. If there is a need for additional services of this nature, the applicant should demonstrate that they have developed means of coordinating with the existing programs or supplementing them.

The Foundation strives for geographic diversity in awarding grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173325

Term of Contract:

Foundation funding for meritorious programs could be awarded for as long as three years, with the opportunity to extend funding beyond that point in special circumstances. The three-year limitation will not necessarily apply to New York State Bar Association projects and programs.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Grantee must maintain its qualification as an organization exempt from income taxation as documented in its original application to the Foundation for funding. If any change in this status occurs, the grantee will notify The New York Bar Foundation immediately. At its sole discretion, The Foundation may immediately terminate the grant and rescind funds not yet disbursed.

The organization seeking the grant must be in existence for at least two years.

Grants should not be provided for law school instructional or clinical programs.

No part of the grant may be used to:
- Directly or indirectly influence legislation, whether at a local, state, or federal level; or
- Directly or indirectly influence the outcome of any public election;
- Fund a voter registration drive.

Pre-Application Information:

2019 Grant Applications will be accepted August 1, 2018 through September 15, 2018, for review in late January.

** Please note, no paper applications will be accepted.

In an effort to streamline the application process, the Foundation has migrated to an on-line system, offering you the opportunity to draft, save and submit your application at your convenience. The new system allows you to upload the documents that are necessary to submit your application with ease. All you need to do is create an account for your organization, and apply!

The applicant should have identified other potential sources of funding or have secured such sources to make the project viable in the year of the project under consideration and, if the project is ongoing, in future years.

An organization will be limited to submitting only one grant proposal per twelve (12) month period, except under extraordinary circumstances. The limitation does not apply to New York State Bar Association projects and programs.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

New York Bar Foundation
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-487-5651
Fax: 518-487-5699

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York